Calendar Items This Week

Please add items in the comments.

Monday, December 5

Tuesday, December 6
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Audit & Finance Committee Meeting (Audit) Agenda
  1. Enterprise Risk Management
  2. Series 5000 policies
  3. Series 6000 policies
  4. Furlough Day on December 22
Wednesday, December 7
4:00pm - 5:30pm: Board Work Session: Transition Plan/Enrollment No agenda posted yet

6:00pm - 9:00pm: Regular School Board Meeting Agenda
Action Items:

  1. Election of Officers: President, Vice President, and Member-at-Large (intro/action)
  2. Series 2000/3000 Policies – (C&I) (action)
  3. Contract for Capital Program Consulting Services with Educational Services District 112 – (Ops) (action)
  4. Approval of the contract with Local Union 289 (Auto Machinists) (no committee) (action)
  5. MOU between District and Teamsters Local Union 174 for furlough day - (A&F) (intro/action)

Introduction Items:
  1. Capital, South Shore Final Acceptance - (Ops) (introduction)
  2. Capital Levy Planning Policy – (Ops) (introduction)
  3. Guiding Principles for BEX IV Planning – (Ops) (introduction)
  4. Ethics Policy – (Exec) (introduction)
  5. Oaktree Property Lease – (A&F) (introduction)
6:00pm - 8:30pm - Nova Winter Craft Fair! It's a pot luck! It's a craft party! Make a craft, take a craft, plus food and fun for all ages! Admission is free, crafts start at $1. Open to the public so bring a friend or three.

Thursday, December 8
6:30pm -8:00pm: Alternative Schools Coalition Meeting @ TOPS. Join with representatives from Seattle's seven alternative schools to learn more about District plans for "Creative Approach Schools"- formerly innovation schools.
Friday, December 9
8:30am - 10:30am: BEX Oversight Committee No agenda posted yet


I meant to ask about the district calendar.

Is it useful to have it on this site? One reader said it slowed down loading the page.

Important or not important?
Christina said…
The calendar doesn't slow the page loading for me, but I do see that an RSS feed and a Twitter feed for Seattle Public Schools District Calendar events are available through

As much as I contribute page hits to this blog, I do occasionally find items of value at, so I wouldn't mind if the calendar feed here went away if its removal means accommodating people with slower internet connections.

The Calendar feed's presence here may depend on how many readers come here and nowhere else for Seattle Schools calendar information.
Anonymous said…
I really like to see the calendar here. I don't check the district site as often.

-Rose M
TraceyS said…
I like the calender feed and reference it, but I can easily go to the district site if the feed is slowing down this site. If it really is an issue, perhaps you could replace it with just a link to the district calender?
SP said…
Thanks for asking & ditto with TracyS.

A simple link to the district calendar would be greatly appreciated, and would remove the huge wait on the calendar loading each time I open this blog and every time I click on a new section of this blog. I'm running Internet Explorer/Windows 7 with DSL, but this is the ONLY site I have this tremendous slowing down problem. "Its been a real drag"
Anonymous said…
From a local De-FORM-Ista Factory

"All –

You’re invited to attend a special screening of a recently released documentary on teaching in the U.S., American Teacher, on December 12 at 6:00 PM at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Seats are limited, so please register.

Microsoft Partners in Learning, as the exclusive community screening partner for the film, is able to make the film available to communities across the country to facilitate community discussion and attention on the role teachers play in providing a quality education to our nation’s children.

Weaving interviews and startling facts about U.S. education with the lives and careers of several teachers, American Teacher tells the collective story of the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in the classroom. In the U.S., the challenge is significant – more than 1 million teachers will retire in the next ten years, and recruiting, preparing, retaining and rewarding the next generation of educators is increasingly difficult.

Yet, we know quality teaching is important -- top-performing school systems in the world all share one consistent feature: top-performing teachers. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones in their careers, and considering the views of both education experts and students, the film shines a bright light on the impact that not having committed, effective teachers in our classrooms has on how our children learn and their potential for future success.

The film has had limited release in a few cities in the US, is not scheduled for distribution in the Seattle area. Through the Microsoft Partners in Learning partnership with American Teacher, we hope to engage and inspire audiences to be part of a local and national discussion on how we improve our nation’s education system. The DVD will not be released until next year, so this is a unique opportunity to see this important film before it’s available to the public.

Please join us for the film and a discussion afterwards facilitated by Warren Etheredge, the founder of The Warren Report and the host of The High Bar with the filmmaker and local education stakeholders.

Don’t forget to register online to ensure that you have a seat!

Ken Zeichner
Boeing Professor of Teacher Education
University of Washington, Seattle
211L Miller Hall "

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